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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby jaymz » Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:02 am

While up at a friend's house in Conifer last summer, I was sitting on his deck when a Western Tanager came flying by and perched on the tree next to me. A beautiful little bird, wish I had a camera ready!

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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby I fall a lot » Mon Feb 18, 2013 7:54 am

I'm sure people have this bird app:

http://ibirdexplorer.com/

It's amazing. I'll be laying on my hammock and will play the song of any bird around me (usually black-capped chickadees, northern flickers, etc...) and they'll gather in the trees above me trying to find out who's talking to them, really cool (although I feel slightly guilty for screwing with them). I've heard but haven't tried playing a predator bird song and see them scatter.

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Postby bonehead » Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:09 am

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Postby GeezerClimber » Mon Feb 18, 2013 5:21 pm

My dog found the fresh remains of a Coopers Hawk today. The head and most of the body were gone indicating a probable owl kill. The wings, tail and feet were all there. Checking in a specialized hawk guidebook, it was evidently a female juvenile. Pretty wierd find though.

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Postby bonehead » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:32 am

flatlander51 wrote:I enjoy birding here in FL.

As do I here in Colorado.
Glad to see you posting here again.

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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby MtnHub » Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:57 pm

Nice birds shots, folks! I'm not really a birder, but I do enjoy seeing them and photographing them when the opportunity arises. Here in IA we have the usual ones: gold finches, red-winged blackbirds, cardinals, sparrows, hawks, etc. -- and of course, lots of robins. I'm always amazed to see robins at high elevations in CO. I guess I've always thought of robins being a mostly Midwestern bird, but guess that's not true.

Living by the Iowa River, we also have bald eagles in season. At times you can see over a dozen of them around certain eddies of the River. And up in Decorah, the Raptor Resource Project set up a live web cam a few years ago and you can watch the returning pair lay and raise their young ones over the course of several months.

But I do always love to see the CO hummers! We will on a few rare occasions see one here, but it seems like everywhere we visit in CO -- family, friends, motels -- all have feeders, and there are always so many of them out there. And they always seem so much more "tame" and accustom to people. I've had several hover right next to me on a few hikes. :-D

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Postby bonehead » Wed Mar 06, 2013 7:24 am

Robins here at 8,000 ft.
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Re: Any amateur ornithologists out there?

Postby Alpineair » Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:38 am

I'm not anti-social, I'm anti-stupid!

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